Category: PEO

What Steps Can an Employer Take to Prevent EEOC Charges?

You may already know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), is an agency of the federal government, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), for purposes of interpreting and enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination.  Federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against any applicant and/or employee based on race, color, religion,

Have Questions About Paid Family and Medical Leave?

Recently, the IRS released Notice 2018-71 which provides an in-depth Q & A on the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. The tax credit applies for both 2018 and 2019 tax years. The topics within this Q & A are: Eligible Employers Family and medical leave Minimum paid requirements Calculating and claiming the

HR Laws and Compliance Changes in 2018

There has been a lot of changes this year across the United States.  Here are several state-specific (and some city-specific) compliance advisories for your review. New Jersey Enacts Statewide Paid Sick Leave On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (Act) into law. This Act will

Ban the Box – State by State Update

Ban the Box refers to the “box” on job application forms asking prospective employees whether they have ever been convicted of a crime. Some jurisdictions make it illegal for employers to ask applicants such questions until the interview stage while others ban the practice until a conditional job offer has been made. The trend of

Changes in the “Golden State” – Updates in California

Lots of changes this year in California.  Here are just a couple of the major developments you should be aware of if you are running a business in California: San Francisco Amends Ban-the-Box Law On April 3, 2018, San Francisco amended its Fair Chance Ordinance. The amended ordinance, which will take effect on October 1,

Gig Economy? What’s New . . .

In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court recently made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The decision could eventually require companies like Uber, many of which are based in California, to follow minimum-wage and overtime laws and to

Unemployment Insurance, Who Decides?

Who makes the decision on whether a person is eligible to collect unemployment insurance? Well, many workers believe that it is an “earned benefit,” and that as an employee they’ve “paid into the system” via payroll taxes. This leads to the common misunderstanding that anyone who is unemployed, regardless of the reason, is therefore “entitled”

How to Prevent Claims for Workplace Retaliation

Every company wants to offer a safe and productive environment conducive to optimal performance. Thus, every employer should provide a workplace where the environment enables employees to perform their best work. As defined under federal and state laws, all job applicants and employees have the right to work free from discrimination based on age, disability, national origin,